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JCI Good Citizen of the Year 2016


Photo Credit: Richard Rolke

Congratulations to Marie Morris, JCI Vernon Good Citizen 2016!

Long-time Vernon volunteer, Marie Morris was honoured with the JCI Vernon Good Citizen award by Robbie Hoyte, Committee Chair. She was nominated by her daughter, Susan Morris, who says her mom has always given back to the community without a second thought.

Throughout the years Marie has worn many hats in this community, and is still going strong at 78. She is an active member on the Board of Directors for Special Olympics.  She holds the position of Athlete Registration/Medical records for all sports, and drives and chaperones athletes to out of town tournaments.

Marie is very involved in Trinity United church, including volunteering in the office, various behind the scenes work, helping young families and seniors get to services and driving youth to Mackenzie Camp.

Over the years, Morris has been the president of the local Canadian National Institute for the Blind, Vernon Winter Carnival chairperson and president of the Kinette Club, while also being active with minor hockey, the Kokanee Swim Club, Camp Hurlburt, canvassing for charities door to door and chaperoning sports teams.

Somehow, Marie still finds time to hike through the North Okanagan, cross country ski, snow shoe and swim laps. She’s also a huge supporter of the arts community, supporting groups such as the Powerhouse Theatre and the Community Concert Association.

The Okanagan Valley College of Massage Therapy provided $500 for Marie to donate to a charity of her choice, and she picked the Upper Room Mission.

Marie has five children, ten grandchildren and six great grandchildren.